Bill to increase wildfire risk management heads to Governor’s office

Posted at 10:53 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-01 01:53:57-04

A bill authored by a local senator to help fight against the risk of wildfires is heading to Governor Jerry Brown for approval.

SB 1260 improves California forest management practices by allowing more frequent prescribed burns and fuel reduction, setting air quality standards and allowing fire agencies to provide input during home construction in fire hazard areas.

“The 2017 and 2018 wildfires have been absolutely devastating and the problem is only getting worse. We must recognize this new reality and take concrete action to ensure our communities are better prepared. That includes modifying our forest management practices in light of the impacts of climate change on our natural resources,” said Hannah-Beth Jackson (D, Santa Barbara.) 

Friday, it passed off the Senate floor with a 29-0 vote. The bill also carries out a number of directives included in an executive earlier this year, meant to help reduce wildfire risk.